Friday Fictioneers: The Scarlet Rose

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

Inspired by Disney movies…

On the night of Princess Rosie’s birth, the castle was attacked by the infamous wicked witches. As valiant as the king fought, he didn’t stand a chance against the powerful sisters. By dawn the next day, the castle was in ruins and the king lay dead a few steps from the throne.

The witches rode their broomsticks up to the North Tower, where Princess Rosie lay asleep. They stood over her crib and whispered to a scarlet rose, “Princess oh princess, sleep well now. When the petals all have fallen, your time on Earth will be no more.”

(100 words)

Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple hosts Friday Fictioneers where we’re challenged to write a piece of flash fiction in 100 words, more or less, based on the picture above.

15 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Scarlet Rose

  1. Oh dear, methinks we need a handsome prince.

    I hope you won’t mind a small grammar correction. “Laid” is past tense of “lay,” as in “the chicken laid an egg.” The word you needed is the past tense of “lie” to rest or recline: “She llies on the bed, she lay on the bed, she has lain on the bed.” I know it’s terribly confusing, and hard to remember. I used to teach my English grammar class: Lay requires an object. Hens lay eggs; the hen laid an egg; the hen has laid an egg. Lie, on the other hand, has no object: Lie down (present tense); where Rosie lay asleep (simple past tense) she has lain asleep (past participle). You can ignore this completely if you’d rather, and I will understand completely 🙂 Lay and lie are irregular verbs in English, and are very confusing.

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